Customers undeterred by supermarket shooting

December 20, 2018

Customers at the Fort Wayne Kroger where a man was shot Wednesday night said today they were undeterred from shopping at the north-side Fort Wayne supermarket.

Several said violent crime happens everywhere, and the only precaution is to stay aware of your surroundings when out in public.

“It happens everywhere,” said Doris Benhower, 78, of Fort Wayne, while loading her car with Christmas groceries. “I had my purse stolen at Meijer. I was putting groceries away, and the lady asked if she could help me and walked off with my purse.”

Grandmother Linda Richardson of Fort Wayne called the North Clinton Street supermarket “my store” and she wouldn’t stop shopping there.

“I come here all the time,” said Richardson, who is retired. She added that being in the store during a shooting is “a scary thought” but is always a possibility.

“It can happen to you no matter where you go. It just seems a way of life anymore. It’s especially bad now, and I don’t know what is wrong with people.”

Police this morning identified the victim as James Michael Walker Jr., 46, of Fort Wayne. He remained in critical condition, police said. The shooting happened just before 6:30 p.m., police said.

The victim was found at the rear of the store after witnesses reported hearing more than one gunshot, police said. Witnesses told The Journal Gazette workers and customers sought shelter and fled the building wherever they could.


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